SF Rec and Park Announces Candlestick Farewell Events
Sir Paul McCartney Headlines Candlestick Farewell Concert
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today a series of upcoming events in celebration of the last summer at Candlestick Park Stadium, also known as the “Stick”. The series features Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Stadium on August 14th, which will be the last public event at the Stick, and will conclude 54 years of Candlestick Park Stadium establishment. The concert will be hosted in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment. The Beatles performed their final full concert at Candlestick Park Stadium on August 29, 1966.
Candlestick captured the world’s attention when a powerful earthquake struck northern California just before the start of game three of the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland As. Despite the immediate loss of electrical power, stadium officials reacted quickly to avoid panic among the 65,000 spectators in attendance, and no one at the park was injured as a direct result of the quake. Possibly because the stadium had been undergoing earthquake-proofing since 1983, there was no serious damage to its foundation. Cracked expansion joints and bleacher stairs were repaired by teams working around the clock, and the Stadium was pronounced structurally sound and the Series continued.
“The Last Summer at the Stick will have a robust schedule of programming that includes US Soccer, Legends of Candlestick Football, Community Open House,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “The Stadium is ready, the field is in great share, and we have top notch staffs who keep the place ready to host a great series of San Francisco events one last time at the Stick!”
The series of Candlestick Farewell events including US Men’s Pro Soccer Match on May 27th, Joe Montana vs. Dan Marino Flag Football Game on July 12th, Candlestick Farewell Concert on August 14th, and there will be a free Community Open House event where everyone will get to say goodbye to the Stadium.
After the series of celebration, SF Rec and Park will be working with the Mayor’s Office and the developer to transfer the Stadium to Lennar Development at the end of 2014, then Lennar Development can move forward with decommissioning the Stadium and beginning the development project.
The 14.5-acre Candlestick Park Stadium was built in 1960 and expanded in 1969 to seat 62,000 during football games and 59,000 during baseball games. Seating capacity has since been expanded to 70,000 for football. There are two decks and four seating areas. The main scoreboard in left field is, well, very big, and also has a Sony JumboTron stadium television set that serves any number of useful purposes. Auxiliary scoreboards are on the edging of the right-field upper deck. Improvements have been made for the hearing-impaired, and all restrooms are now wheelchair-accessible.
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